Germany prolongs border controls introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic until mid-May. The Czech Republic also extended the controls, although they are gradually loosening the restrictions.
Horst Seehofer, German Interior Minister, extended controls at the borders of Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark until 15 May. This extension also applies to air traffic from Spain and Italy. Only after this date will it be possible to open borders. According to the arrangements of Seehofer and the Prime Minister of the Schleswig-Holstein government, the German border with Denmark can be gradually opened from mid-month at the latest. We also remind you that Germany opened six border crossings with France (Niedaltdorf, Ittersdorf, Silwingen) and Luxembourg (Dahnen, Übereisenbach, Ralingen) yesterday.
Extension of border controls in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic will maintain border controls until at least 13 June. According to Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, the borders of the Czech Republic with neighbouring countries could be fully open from July. Advanced negotiations on this matter are already underway with Slovakia and Austria.
The Czech authorities have also announced that from 11 May, international trains and bus connections will resume, and Czechia lifts the entry ban for seasonal workers and non-EU healthcare workers.